USC Defeats Defending NCAA Champs Arizona In Men's And Women's Swimming, Diving

Nov. 14, 2008

Behind a variety of personal bests, school and pool records, the No. 11 USC women's swimming and diving team upset No. 3 and defending NCAA champion Arizona, 164-136, on Friday (Nov. 14) at USC McDonald's Swim Stadium.

USC's men's team, ranked No. 22 in the latest CSCAA rankings released Friday, also swept the Arizona schools, downing ASU, 187-48, and knocking off defending men's champions Arizona, 152-91.

'Beating the national champions will help in a big way to build our program,' USC third-year coach Dave Salo said. 'We expect to be at the championship level very soon.'

USC's women's team opened the meet with a trio of records wrapped up in one win in the 400y medley relay. The quartet of Lahey, Soni, freshman Tanya Krisman and senior Rachael Waller demolishing the pool record with a winning effort of 3:35.52. The time was more than four seconds faster than the previous school record set last season.

The second and third records came courtesy of Lahey's lead off leg in the 100y back. She broke her own school record with a swim of 52.99 (previously was 53.04) and also erased the previous pool record of 54.61, set by both Cal's Helen Silver and Stanford's Brooke Bishop on consecutive days in 2006. Lahey's time was also good for an NCAA `A' cut.

In the women's 1000y free, USC freshman Katinka Hosszu gave Arizona's Alyssa Anderson everything she could handle over 40 laps. Hosszu was closing at the finish, but was just out-touched, taking second in 9:44.80 to Anderson's 9:44.65.

Waller took second in the 200y free in an NCAA `B' cut and season-best of 1:47.46, just off first-place Leone Vorster's 1:47.14.

Lahey came back to win the 100y back in 53.21, a nice follow-up to her earlier record swim. She took first well ahead of Arizona's Caitlin Iverson (55.17).

Soni established her second NCAA `A' cut of the season with a winning swim in the100y breast (59.48), followed by Arizona's Annie Chandler (1:01.85) and Trojan senior Katy Houston (1:02.30). Soni's time also broker her own pool record.

Hosszu won the 500y free by lowering her season-best time to 4:46.95, an NCAA `B' cut while sophomore Ellie Doran was third (4:50.11), just off a `B' cut.

Krisman improved her season-best in the 200y fly by winning the event in 1:56.43, well ahead of second-place Anderson (1:58.70). Krisman's time is better than USC's top time in the race all of last season.

In the 50y free, Lahey took second in an NCAA `B' cut of 22.80, behind Arizona's Lara Jackson (22.47), the defending NCAA champion in the event.

After a 15-minute break, the meet resumed with the 100y free, where Waller led wire-to-wire to win in 49.88, ahead of Arizona's Taylor Baughman (50.07) and Jackson (50.47).

USC junior Dina Hegazy won the 200y back in 1:56.64, an NCAA `B' cut and a USC pool record. She held off Arizona's Jenny Forster, who challenged a lane away but took second in 1:58.41. Hegazy's time sliced almost seven seconds off her top time from last season. In fact, Hegazy had never gone under 2:00 in the event.

Soni, the three-time defending NCAA champion in the 200y breast, took her specialty in 2:07.86, a time less than two seconds off her NCAA record set last year. The time, unheard of this early in the season, also bettered her pool record in the event by more than two seconds.

In the 100y fly, Krisman outlasted Arizona'a Anna Agy, touching first at the wall in 54.44 to Agy's 54.59.

Hosszu won for the third time by taking first in the 400y IM in 4:11.75 while Soni took second in 4:15.66.

Arizona's Jackson, Kelly Lindsay, Anna Turner and Baughman won the 400y free relay (3:19.26) ahead of USC's Lahey, Houston, Waller and Hosszu (3:20.75). Both times were under the previous pool record of 3:21.49 set by Cal in 2006.

On 3-meter springboard, USC swept the women's event, led by freshman Troy Ishimatsu's first-place total of 340.13. She was followed by fellow freshman Michela Fossati-Bellani (277.65) and junior Alexis Demond (265.96). On 1-meter, Ishimatsu won with 297.45 while DeMond was second (249.00) and Fossati-Bellani was fifth (203.39).

USC kicked off the men's competition with a first-place effort in the 400y medley relay as sophomores Jake Grosser and Dillon Connolly, senior Ankur Poseria and sophomore Buddy Turner snatched first in 3:15.32, just ahead of Arizona (3:15.36).

In the men's 1000y free, USC junior Evan Marcus won the event in a solid 9:18.61. Freshman teammate Colin Heinrich took third in 9:27.36.

In the men's 50y free, USC went 1-2 with Grosser touching in 20.28 and Turner in 20.36. Turner came back later to win the 100y free in 44.30.

In the 200y fly, three men battled to the wall with Arizona's Marcus Tipton touching first (1:47.43) with USC freshman Josh Joiner second (1:47.59) and ASU's Sean Boyle third (1:47.86). Joiner dropped almost five seconds from his time against Notre Dame earlier this season.

Junior co-captain James Martin continued USC's winning ways, winning the men's 400y IM in an NCAA `B' cut 3:50.36, under his top time for all of last season.

In the 200y breast, USC's Connolly took second in 2:00.25 behind Arizona's Josh Arreguin (1:59.17).

In the 500y free, USC junior Zoltan Povazsay won in 4:25.48. In the men's 200y back, Arizona swept 1-2-3.

In the men's 400y free relay, USC's Luke Tanner, Turner, Grosser and Jeff Daniels won in 2:58.84, ahead of Arizona's 2:59.49.

In the men's 1-meter, USC freshman Harrison Jones (357.67) and sophomore Steven Starks (338.47) finished 1-2. On 3-meter, Jones took first (425.17) while Arizona's Ben Grado was second (376.35). Starks was third (338.70).

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